Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

The Outstanding Doctoral Student Award recognizes excellence in doctoral research and scholarship across the disciplines.
Award Criteria
  • Outstanding achievements in academic research and scholarship
  • Importance of research to a given field of study
  • Track record of academic and professional excellence 
Eligibility Criteria
Nominees must have received a doctoral degree or have a PhD defense date scheduled between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
The winner of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque at our annual Awards Ceremony.
Nominations may be submitted for more than one SGS academic/merit award. However, nominees may only receive one award total.

All SGS graduate students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations for SGS Achievement & Merit Awards. Self-nominations are encouraged.

To submit a nomination, please visit our new Awards Portal, log in with your NetID and password, then follow the instructions.

The Awards Portal will close on February 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM. Please ensure that all materials--online nomination form plus required letters of recommendation--have been submitted before the deadline.

Once you enter the portal and begin the nomination process, you may upload recommender information and send recommendation letter requests to letter writers. Please send these requests as possible since recommenders must upload all materias by the February 22 submission deadline.

Additional Instructions for Nominators

  • Please note that individual graduate programs might establish earlier deadlines for internal review of Awards Portal nominations. If your graduate program has decided to adopt an earlier deadline for internal review, you will be notified by your program’s administrators.

Instructions for Graduate Directors

  • You will be notified when the Awards Portal is ready to accept Graduate Director rankings. At that time, you will be able to view all nomination packets and submit up to three finalists per award category for evaluation by SGS review committees.